Day 1
HELD: June 17, 2020

Day 1

The 2020 County Behavioral Health Fiscal Leadership Institute: Online Series began with Session 1 on June 17, 2020 and included:

  • Optional Orientation to Platform starting at 12:50pm
  • Public Behavioral Health Financing
  • Hot Topics: MHSA and COVID-19
  • Other topics


Beth Conley, MPA, is the President, CEO of To The Point Facilitation, Inc. (TTP). Her work demonstrates the ability to assess issues from the balcony, to create opportunities by networking resources, and to bring stakeholders together in coordinated efforts. Beth started her company to use her skills with graphic facilitation/recording along with her knowledge and experience in working across sectors to assist organizations and associations to achieve better outcomes. She provides graphic recording/facilitation for conferences, keynotes, meetings (including virtual meetings) and town halls. The service provides the connective tissue between the content and the discoveries present when people gather. Beth has over 15 years of experience working on the design and production of focus groups, meetings and educational courses in virtual environments. She combines her knowledge and skills in working online with the creation of real-time visuals to increase engagement and create better outcomes from gathering online.

Michael R. Geiss is the founder and President of Geiss Consulting, a Sacramento-based management consulting firm. He has over thirty-three years’ experience providing services to public sector agencies. Prior to establishing Geiss Consulting, he had over nine years management consulting experience with NewPoint Group and seven years with Ernst & Young. He specializes in financial and economic analyses, business process improvement and operations analyses. Mr. Geiss has managed and participated in over one-hundred separate engagements for various State of California and other government entities, including more than twenty projects for the California Department of Mental Health, numerous projects for more than 47 county mental health agencies in California, and various projects for the California Behavioral Health Directors’ Association and the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions.

Kristy Kelly, MA, MFT is a consultant in public behavioral health systems for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Now retired from county service, she previously served as Mendocino County Mental Health Director, then as Lake County Behavioral Health Director, for a total of fourteen years. As a Small County Director, Kristy valued learning and networking at the State level, and saw it as both a lifeline and enhancement for local services. She actively participated in the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA); California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) and California Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators (CAADPAC). She assumed a number of leadership roles with CMHDA, serving as Chair of the Older Adults; Systems of Care and Small Counties committees. She was an ongoing member of the CMHDA Governing Board, ending with terms as President, then Past President, of the Association. Kristy earned her undergraduate degree in humanities and mathematics at Southern Oregon University, Ashland and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Sonoma State University. She has been licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist for over 40 years. Kristy began her administrative career as Executive Director of a private non-profit agency serving abused women and their children. She quickly came to appreciate the critical role of strong and responsive fiscal management in providing stability and accountability to life-saving services. This has been a focal point throughout her career as a behavioral health administrator and public servant. Kristy has facilitated the Fiscal Leadership Institute for CIBHS since 2016.

Paula Wilhelm joined the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA) in the spring of 2017. As Director of Policy, she is responsible for leading policy analysis and administrative advocacy efforts to advance CBHDA’s priorities for county behavioral health services. Areas of focus include the Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal programs, substance use disorder services and drug policy, California’s 1915(b) and 1115 Medicaid waivers, and the implementation of federal managed care and parity regulations. Paula helps to staff the Association’s Medi-Cal Policy and SAPT committees. Prior to joining CBHDA, Paula spent four years on staff at Women’s Community Clinic of San Francisco and earned Masters degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from UC Berkeley.


Final agenda

2 BH Funding

3 Hot Topics


Mike & Paula's BH Finance Graphic

Paula Hot Topics Graphic